Ascent of Inatye on 2019-02-23

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Denise Mclellan
Richard Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:13353 ft / 4069 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our four 'unknown' ultras done, our last is to be the well known Ras Dashen. Inatye is first peak en route, typically an acclimation peak, an easy ascent with dramatic view and fine descent directly to camp.

Overnight Gondar, Goha hotel N side of town, fancy tourist place. Half day drive via Debark, Simien Mts NP HQ, sign in, Meles our guide deals with paperwork, park fees. Simien Park Hotel nearby, call in to collect packed lunch, could be a good base for starting a DIY trip. Short way N in town centre we leave highway 3 taking minor rd E into the Simien Mts NP. Park Gate, dirt road, big drops L and R, then ploughed fields.

Landcruiser stops at a suitable spot and we hike gentle SW spur of Inatye, with guide Meles and ranger with rifle for security, horses cattle sheep, short yellow grass giant lobelia, sunshine, packed lunch, 2 lads fail to sell us coke. Thickbilled raven, lammergeier, mountain wagtail, baboons, large troop of human sounding chilada monkeys. Inatye has 2 summits, W is 1m lower but better viewpoint; E summit (GPS N13.26142° E38.16485°, 4075m, easternmost of 2 outcrops) is higher; huge drop to N, Imet Gogo 3947m to L with spires and towers below, Silki 4420m prominent across deep valley, 200 wheeling redbilled chough, good path desc to road, past 6m tree heather festooned with moss, key col below cliffs with bright yellow crucifer, p510m by GPS.

Arrive Chennek camp (N13.26188° E38.19418°) 3626m a short while before sunset, wildcat sees off 2 ravens. Our hike 3h30 leisurely, our tents set up ready for us, tea coffee, popcorn recalling Kilimanjaro, excellent meal of fish veg rice and  wine in large circular hut with convivial but smoky fire, tent by 2040. Today our overnight bags arrived by vehicle. Although good dirt road continues, from here the mules take over. Tomorrow Bwahit.

Inatye photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1007 ft / 306 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Guide, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1007 ft / 306 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Start Trailhead:12346 ft / 3763 m
Descent Statistics

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